Hooray! Today is International Women’s Day! In an age where sisters are doing it for ourselves, we have much to celebrate!
We also have many things to do. Without getting all political on you, we American women are in another fight for our reproductive rights and we’ve got to defend being called “sluts” for asking for coverage of birth control. There are women who are struggling to manage domestic violence situations, literacy, poverty, war-torn nations, breast cancer – we have a LOT to manage. While we can’t do it all, let’s talk about five small things we CAN do to celebrate our awesome chick power:
Buy a woman a cup of coffee: You KNOW how stressed you are already and it’s only midday. Right now, Starbucks is running a special where if you buy a blended drink earlier in the day (before 11 am, I believe) you can come back later in the day (with your receipt) and get another for half price. Consider giving that second drink to a woman who really needs it. It’s all about the sisterhood! The promotion runs through the 14th of March.
Pucker up for the cause: 100% of the proceeds of M·A·C Viva Glam lip products go to the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund, which helps women, children and men around the world who are suffering from AIDS. Help a sister out and pucker up, buttercup.
Take clothes by a women’s shelter: That gigantic bag of clothes needs to get into worthy hands, so swing by a women’s shelter today and donate them. For those of us in the industry here in the city, Women In Need not only takes clothes but unused beauty and grooming products.
Donate money: If you can give, head to Kiva.org/Women and donate to worthy causes that help support women’s issues.
Donate time: Do you know a woman who really needs help right now? How about taking a few minutes of your day to call and lend support, bake something for a woman who is struggling with work-life balance, offering to babysit for your friend who just needs a break? A moment of grace shown to one woman today could make all the difference in the world, especially if we ALL do it.
Let’s look to all the things we’ve done here in the US and all over the world as women. We’re pretty amazing and we deserve to celebrate!